As Part Of The Cumberland FA Walking Football Competition Structure The ‘Cup’ Took Place In Carlisle On Sunday 23 June 2019.
First held last year at St Joseph’s in Workington, the Cumberland Walking Football Cup, named ‘The Robert James Derek Stephenson’s Marsh & Quay Cup’ is open to teams with players over the age of 50.
Six teams entered playing on the 3G at Harraby in Carlisle, with holders St Joseph’s Workington defending the trophy against Carlisle United Over 50s, Carlisle United Over 60s, Westmorland Warriors, Gretna 2008 and Carrs Billington Penrith.
The competition began with a round robin competition with all teams playing each other before the top two teams went through to the Final to play for the Trophy.
Group Stage Results
Carrs Billington 0-2 Carlisle Utd 50s
St Josephs 2-0 Westmorland Warriors
Carlisle Utd 60s 0-3 Gretna 2008
Carrs Billington 0-1 St Joseph’s
Carlisle Utd 50s 3-1 Carlisle Utd 60s
Westmorland Warriors 0-1 Gretna 2008
Carrs Billington 0-0 Carlisle Utd 60s
St Josephs 0-0 Gretna 2008
Carlisle Utd 50s 1-0 Westmorland Warriors
Carrs Billington 0-2 Gretna
Westmorland Warriors 0-0 Carlisle Utd 60s
Carlisle Utd 50s 0-0 St Josephs
Carrs Billington 0-1 Westmorland Warriors
Carlisle Utd 50s 1-2 Gretna 2008
St Joseph’s 1-0 Carlisle Utd 60s
After a fantastic morning of football the Final saw defending Champions St Joseph’s take on Gretna 2008.Both teams were undefeated in the group stages with Gretna 2008 only dropping points against their Final opponents while St Joseph’s also drew with Carlisle United Over 50s.
A competitive Final ended with St Joseph’s from Workington once again lifting the trophy with a 2-1 win over Gretna 2008!
Derek Stevenson, 77, lifted the Cup for the second year after marshalling his defence throughout the competition, conceding no goals on the way to the Final.
Congratulations to St Joseph’s Workington and thanks once again to all the teams who are supporting the Cumberland FA Walking Football League structure, offering valuable playing opportunities for players coming back into the game across the county.
Ray Sempill from Cumberland FA said: “The structure is now in place for players to play football regularly and with cup, league and festival formats there is something for everyone to get involved in. The Centres across the county are offering a fantastic weekly programme for players to come back into the game or even play it for the first time. The walking pace means that whatever the physical condition, those over 50 can get involved with the social aspect of the centres just as important as the time on the pitch.”
Cumberland FA would like to thank Cumberland Building Society for their support for the League programme and also to Paul Brecken for delivering a fantastic Cup competition as well as providing the photos.